SEC Week 13 viewer's guide: Plenty of intrigue for rivalry week


It's rivalry week. There are plenty of compelling matchups for the taking in the SEC. Here's a look at what's ahead:


2:30 p.m. ET

Missouri at Arkansas, CBS

Arkansas is coming off a tough loss -- scoring 50 points but falling 51-50 to Mississippi State -- while Mizzou had an emotional home finale, losing 19-8 to Tennessee in Gary Pinkel's last home game. The Tigers need a win to be bowl eligible and guarantee one more game for the outgoing Pinkel; the Razorbacks would love to finish with a 5-3 SEC record a year after finishing last in the SEC West.


Noon ET

Georgia at Georgia Tech, ESPN2

Is this Mark Richt's last stand? Georgia AD Greg McGarity said Tuesday "All we're doing is worrying about Georgia Tech this week. That's it." The Bulldogs are five-point favorites over the Yellow Jackets, who are 3-8 but do have a win over Florida State.

Louisville at Kentucky, SEC Network

Kentucky needs a win to reach bowl eligibility. These two teams played a hotly-contested affair last season, which Louisville won 44-40. Kentucky redshirt freshman QB Drew Barker will make his second start after supplanting Patrick Towles as the starter last week.

No. 1 Clemson at South Carolina, ESPN

Can the Gamecocks trip up the nation's No. 1 team? It's hard to believe that's possible after South Carolina lost to The Citadel. Clemson is a 17-point favorite, but who knows? One thing we know for sure: South Carolina coach Shawn Elliott won't quit.

3:30 p.m. ET

No. 2 Alabama at Auburn, CBS

The Crimson Tide can secure the SEC West with an Iron Bowl win on Saturday. More importantly, they need it to continue their push for a College Football Playoff berth. Auburn, which is going bowling but doesn't have much else at stake, would love nothing more than to spoil their rival's division title and playoff hopes with a major upset.

4 p.m. ET

Vanderbilt at Tennessee, SEC Network

An eight-win regular season would be a nice step forward for Butch Jones and the Volunteers after a 2-3 start, and closing the campaign with five straight wins would be a positive. Vanderbilt, which was shut out by Texas A&M last week, has taken some forward strides in year two under Derek Mason. A win over their in-state rival would be huge, even though the Commodores won't reach bowl eligibility.

7:15 p.m. ET

No. 18 Ole Miss at No. 21 Mississippi State, ESPN2

Ah, the Egg Bowl. This should be fun. Ole Miss still has an outside chance at taking the SEC West (it would need an Alabama loss Saturday afternoon, though) and Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott will play at Davis Wade Stadium for the final time. The atmosphere should be rocking on Saturday night.

7:30 p.m. ET

No. 13 Florida State at No. 12 Florida, ESPN

Florida looked rough in its overtime win over Florida Atlantic last week; if the Gators play like that again, Florida State probably runs away with this one. Do the Gators still have an outside shot at reaching the playoff? In order to answer that question, they must beat the Seminoles on Saturday, then turn around and beat the SEC West winner in the SEC championship game.

Texas A&M at LSU, SEC Network

What will happen to LSU coach Les Miles? Can the Tigers break their three-game losing streak? What's expected from Texas A&M's defense as former LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis returns to Tiger Stadium as an opponent for the first time since leaving Baton Rouge? The storylines are plentiful. Also, don't forget about that guy named Leonard Fournette going against an A&M run defense that has been suspect at times this season. Last season he torched the Aggies.